Disability Rights in Asia and Europe

Disability Rights in Asia and Europe

What is a human rights-based approach to disability? What are the barriers to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) in Asian and European countries? What policies and practices contribute to the realisation of the rights of disabled people? How to assess the impact of measures undertaken by States and other authorities? These were some of the questions discussed during the five-day training on Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities, which took place in Jakarta, Indonesia in July 2017. It gathered 32 participants from 18 countries from Asia and Europe – representatives of governments, human rights institutions and non-governmental organisations.

The training was organised under the framework of the Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights and designed and delivered by a team of ENIL trainers. It aimed to ensure that participants have:

  • A better understanding of the human rights approach to disability
  • An improved knowledge of key international human rights instruments relevant to disability rights, such as the UN CRPD
  • An increased confidence in how they, as professionals and individuals, can influence the implementation of human rights in their local contexts

Variety of interactive methods were used to encourage participants in the training to use their experiences to explore the issues of disability and human rights, recognize the challenges in the implementation of UN CRPD in their respective countries and formulate advocacy arguments to advance human rights of disabled people, taking into account the local context. ENIL trainers also shared their rich and diverse experience, which was highly appreciated by the participants – In the beginning I was not familiar with the topic of the training, this was very new to me. … The trainers were all full of experience and could explain clearly.’; ‘Programme, speakers, presentations – all were perfect!

Participants’ evaluations showed that the training has achieved its main objectives – people felt more knowledgeable, confident and motivated to promote a rights-based approach to disabilities in policy-making. We left Indonesia hopeful that work towards realisation of disabled people’s rights will continue.

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